Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Spring Cleaning

I know it's the middle of winter and spring is a long way off, but this is what I've been working on lately. It's my studio/creative space/art room which is undergoing a massive clean out. I know, I know it's not very inspirational. But it's something that just HAS to get done before I can work on anything fun and creative. That's because I procrastinated on this project for most of last year. Oh, I did do some reorganizing here and there, but that was only a mere scratching of the surface. I promised myself I would tackle this once and for all in January, so I am trying to comply. I am working my way around the room and tearing everything apart and sorting through it all. I am terrible at making decisions of what to part with and what to keep. And I am always able to look at the most useless looking thing and figure out a something I can do with it, so I suppose that makes me a pack rat. However, I have managed to say goodbye to lots of things this time that I couldn't part with the last time I did this, so I feel I am making progress. In addition to the sorting, I am dusting, scrubbing, touching up paint, and washing all the linens which resulted in this:
Another perfectly inspirational photo ~ NOT! It's the pile of ironing I have to look forward to now. The downside to Rachael Ashwell's linens is they are not permanent press! But at least I can gaze at the sweet little pink roses while I push the iron back and forth so that makes me happy. I base my purging progress on how much empty space is created in the end. These empty jars make me feel SO VERY HAPPY! Oh, I plan to fill them up with pretty little things eventually, but for now their emptiness is pleasing to me. I picked these jars up when the store I used to work at was closing. They held votive candles and the lids were natural stained wood with big wooden ball handles. I sanded the lids down, painted them white and re-sanded the edges for a shabby-chic look before screwing on pink glass knobs I picked up from Anthropologie. The pink gingham lined baskets are from World Market and the paper covered boxes which hold various projects in progress are from Target. Talk about not very inspiring. . .this is my inspiration board completely cleared off. A blank slate to fill with new inspiring goodies. I can't wait to re-do it, but not until the room is finished. It will be my little treat at the end ~ you know, something fun to look forward to.

Note to all you American Idol Fans ~ it starts tonight!

15 comments:

Dolly said...

Jeanne when you are done will you come over and organize my craft room???
I walk in there and look around overwhelmed and not knowing where to start then I walk out!

I love those cute boxs and baskets! I guess if I had pretties like that to put my things in then I might be more motivated!

Hmmm a shopping spree might be coming soon!
:-)

Hugz, Dolly

Alison Gibbs said...

Jeanne, how wonderful it is all looking. Love your storage boxes. It won't be long before your inspiration board is covered.
Alison

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Oh I just love those target boxes! The jars are wonderul too! I'm doing my own version of de-cluttering but on a much large scale (help!) but it feels OH SO GOOD!

PJ said...

I am so glad I'm not the only one with piles of stuff that need to be placed somewhere! Your inspiring me...

tamy said...

organized and oh so pretty to look at!! inspiration enough!!!
tamy/simplymein

m i c h e l l e said...

Oh your studio just looks lovely lovely lovely! I love the shelves with the empty jars, those boxes, and baskets! And doesn't it just feel SO good to be organzied? I'm in the middle of a major overhaul of my studio so I can SO appreciate all your work!

Have fun!!!

Mercedes said...

First, I must to do don´t worry, many of us have similar stash round and round us, lol. Second, I LOOOOVE THAT SELF,!!
Please email privately, I have something for you and need your address.

BailiwickDesigns said...

Actually, your post is inspiring, because there are many of us who need to do the same thing! And January is the perfect month to do it.

Here's to an organised studio!
Jill

kathy said...

Jeanne , love your redo so far -- so lovely , The target boxes made me swoon - hmm guess have not been checking them out enough .. I love jars also -- My studio needs a rehaul .. working on it -- can't find anything -- Oh and the darling daybed -- been looking for one -- Is it an antique ????
Kathy -- Countrychintz.blogspot.com

Lily said...

Oh my. Our rooms look somewhat similar. I have a ton of Rachel's Shabby Chic stuff in my pink room. That's what my boys call the scrap room so it stuck. Anyway, I have a day bed too and I found a gorgeous frame for it that's downstairs waiting for me to paint it. I have bought my furniture at various thrift stores and repainted them in whites and vintage pastels. I love Fire King green.... Anyway, I added your blog on my side bar-I love it!

dede warren said...

Oh Jeanne even the laundry looks yummy! AND all those boxes from target, I love em! I think it would be the most fun for us all to be close enough to gather our cast offs and trade amongst each other. sigh... if only we all lived as close as it seems here online.

The room is looking great! Keep up the good work,
Dede

Jeanne said...

Lily, would love to see what your "scrap room" looks like. It sounds like we have similar tastes. Thrift stores are a great place to find vintage cast-offs. Isn't it amazine how a can of white paint can transform them? I have a lot of green Fire King green along with pink depression glass in my kitchen.

Dianna said...

Check my blog when you dig out :)

The Urban Chic said...

Beautiful, now can you come and help me-lol. Only I have no space to display my fun stuff. Love the boxes from Target, but have never seen them at our Target. Hugs, Pat

Jeanne said...

I think I got the floral boxes from Target last summer. It is the second time they had them, so I'm hoping they bring them back again. If I see them again, I will let you all know on the blog!

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